Vegetarian Smoked Ham Hocks with Red Beans

When you are looking for some variety to your everyday brown rice meals, you can never go wrong with a new tasty bean mix! It is important to mix up your diet often with new healthy foods. Try new colors in fruits, veggies, beans, rice, and more! This is a twist on a traditional smoked ham hocks bean dish without meat but with plenty of flavor!

Ingredients for the red beans recipe:

  • One pound of red beans, either small red beans or red kidney beans or pinto beans
  • 6-8 cups of flavorful vegetarian broth (buy extra, in some cases, you will need more)
  • ½ tablespoon of cornstarch
  • ½ tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • 2 boxes of your favorite vegetarian sausage links (not patties)
  • One medium onion, chopped small
  • One medium size bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups celery, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups of mushrooms, chopped
  • Two cloves of garlic, chopped, or one tablespoon garlic powder
  • One tablespoon of lemon pepper or more to taste
  • Three bay leaves

Instructions for the red beans and rice recipe:

  • Put beans and broth in a pan.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat, and boil for three minutes.
  • Turn off heat and let set for at least one hour for a quick soak.
  • Add the cornstarch, smoked paprika, mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and bay leaves.
  • Cook on high heat until pot comes to a boil again.
  • Then lower heat to medium and cook about two hours on medium heat.
  • When the beans are well cooked and soft, turn the heat to high again, and watch. carefully, stirring frequently, as the liquid cooks down and thickens.
  • Note:  At this point, if you still have quite a bit of liquid in the beans, you may pour the liquid into another pan and boil down to one-third or one-half, and then return the liquid to the beans. This will make a thicker, gravy-like mixture.
  • Cook the sausage links on the stove top until skin is slightly crispy. When finished, cut in to round slices and add to beans.
  • Add lemon pepper to taste, and continue to cook until you have your desired consistency.  Serve over rice.

Serves 2-4 people. You can use pinto beans also instead of red beans.

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